Eight sixth grade teachers were asked to comment on how their classroom community has changed (or been disrupted) in recent years as a result of new opportunities to use technology in their classrooms. You will hear a central theme of how google docs have transformed how they teach. Listen carefully to the discussion about the advantages these tools have provided as well as (a few) disadvantages that they have had to address. In general, classrooms have become more fluid, allowing for more collaboration on a daily basis. Additionally, the flexibility of working both inside and outside the classroom/school allows for more innovative ways for students to interact with new content as well as being able to work on projects anytime, anywhere. And of course, we have connected their thoughts to the Wenger reading for this week.
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Here is the video from Team 3's synthesis presentation. The class watched the Phantom Menace Review in class towards the beginning of the semester. This just seemed like a good way to sum up the course.
The time has finally come for our final synthesis. Here is how our time is going to broken down:
First, we are going to start by asking you take a short survey about the course.
Then we are going to ask you to explore education theory through the lens of soviet-era yugoslavian mixed-mode experimental documentary film. We will be asking you to write your reflections as (surprise twist!) individuals, without talking in groups or with the class at large.
Now that you posted your individual reactions, let's get into groups and discuss reflect on the clip, then post your reflections using this google form.
Next up, is a short film we made. We will see if it generates any discussion. (embed coming soon)
For the fourth act, we will break into groups and discuss the following:
Education, in its deepest sense and at whatever age it takes place, concerns the opening of identities - exploring new ways of being that lie beyond our current state. Whereas training aims to create an inbound trajectory targeted at competence in a specific practice, education must strive to open new dimensions for the negotiation of the self. It places students on an outbound trajectory toward a broad field of possible identities. Education is not merely formative - it is transformative. (Wenger, 263)
Given this - how has your sense of self and identity been changed by your primary education? secondary ed? undergrad education? By your graduate education? By this class? has the trajectory of your identity been informed by community memberships? How did the various education experiences listed above "open new dimensions for the negotiation of the self"? In other words, were these educational experiences designed? by whom? how did the design ""open new dimensions for the negotiation of the self"?
We will conclude with a discussion of the results of the survey taken in the beginning of class.
How many of you know Mister Rogers? For those who do, this is a much watch ... for those who don't let's talk about him next time we get together.
Any reactions to this?
Classroom and Politics Scenarios:
World of Warcraft Scenario:
- How do the design elements of the World of Warcraft environment effect how users form communities and express their identities in these communities?
- In what ways could the affordances of this environment be leveraged to enhance learning and student community/team building? How might they diminish students ability to engage?
- What design elements contributed to the differences in these scenarios?
- How do cultural characteristics of a community shape behaviors? Do those behaviors shape identity?
- What features of each of these environments impacted how each conversation played out, and how? How do you think that the community impacted her identity?
- Was the main character (the one in all 3 scenarios) being dishonest to any of the people she was talking to?
- What parallels exist between what happened in these 3 scenarios and how students communicate and interact in online communities vs. at school?
Wesch is the keynote speaker at this year's TLT Symposium ... have you registered?